Ewer, one of a pairOn display
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Ormolu, or gilded bronze, became particularly popular in France following Louis XIV's late seventeenth-century sumptuary edicts prohibiting the production of silver plate. It was, however, less popular elsewhere in Europe. The rococo design of these ewers is based on an engraving by Agostino Veneziano in the Victoria and Albert Museum, dated 1531.
Ewer, one of a pair
Date18th century (1701 - 1800)
Material and technique
cailloux d'Egitto (jasper), mounted in ormolu (fire gilt copper)
Dimensions34.4 cm (height)
10.4 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
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Penny, Nicholas, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: 1540 to the Present Day, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992)
Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 596